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    Update on External Review of Racism

    Dear Campus Community,

    Last week, Professor Roger Worthington of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, who is leading CC’s external review of racism, returned to campus and met with the review’s steering committee to share a draft of his initial report. Professor Worthington was in residence at CC in Block 3, and this report is phase one in the external review.  

    At the meeting, the steering committee shared input, including identifying some minor factual errors and pointing out some gaps in the analysis. Professor Worthington agreed to consider this input and will submit his finalized report later this week. The report will be released in its entirety at the beginning of Block 5 when Professor Worthington will be on campus to discuss it with us (January 21). 

    In the coming month, we will organize the next steps in the external review, including a series of specialized consultations and campus visits by national experts. We will also begin to assign specific recommendations to key stakeholder groups for consideration and implementation.

    We are grateful to all of you who have engaged in this process, and we look forward to our continued work together. 

    Sincerely,

    The External Review of Racism Steering Committee:

    Paul Buckley, Assistant Vice President, Director of the Butler Center
    Precious Cooper ’20, Student
    Mike Edmonds, Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students
    Claire Garcia, Professor of English
    Neena Grover, Professor of Biochemistry, Faculty Executive Committee Chair
    Nancy Hernandez ’96, Alumna
    Christina Leza, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology
    Tafari Lumumba ’05, Trustee
    Cameron Mongoven ’21, Student
    Mario Montano, Associate Professor of Anthropology
    Alexandra Rivas ’19, Student
    Felix Sanchez ’93, Assistant Vice President for Communications
    Maggie Santos ’86, Director of Campus Safety and Emergency Management
    Sonlatsa Sunshine Jim-Martin ’94, Alumna 
    Jill Tiefenthaler, President
    Alan Townsend, Provost
    Shawn Womack, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance